Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva had a phone conversation with Foreign Affairs and Defense Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Geoffrey van Leeuwen.
Ihor Zhovkva informed about Ukraine's steps towards Euro-Atlantic integration. The Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands agreed on the importance of deepening cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands in this direction.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President told Geoffrey van Leeuwen about the security situation in Donbas, as well as the recent increase in Russia's military presence on Ukraine's borders. The interlocutors noted that Russia's aggressive actions pose a threat to peace and stability in Europe.
The Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands stressed the invariability of his state's position in support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
"We invariably support Ukraine. A clear signal of our support was given during the visit of the Benelux Foreign Ministers to Ukraine in May,” he said.
The interlocutors also touched upon the issue of Ukraine's European integration, in particular, discussed the possibility of signing a bilateral declaration on the European prospect of the Ukrainian state. Geoffrey van Leeuwen noted the importance of dialogue between the parties on this issue, as well as active cooperation in the areas defined by the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
Ihor Zhovkva informed about the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea and the future activities of the Crimean Platform. For his part, the Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands assured that his country would be represented at the appropriate level at the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, as well as the ceremonial events on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.